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Poster: deadpolitics Date: Nov 27, 2009 2:15pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Favourite authors ?

Everyone keeps telling me to read Lolita! I feel very blessed that Russian is my first language in that I can dive into so many Russian classics in their original format.

Hopefully one of these days I'll have time to read non-fiction again :)

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Poster: fenario80 Date: Nov 30, 2009 11:00am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Favourite authors ?

Oh, yes, Lolita was first published in English, but wikipedia also tells me that Nabokov himself wrote the Russian translation, published in 1968, so you can have it both ways!

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lolita

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Poster: fenario80 Date: Nov 30, 2009 10:35am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Favourite authors ?

Actually, Lolita was Nabokov's first work in English, which raises the whole thing to a whole different level. Most native English speakers don't have the command of the language that he shows. It's still worth your time, though. It's a wonderful book.

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Poster: bluedevil Date: Nov 30, 2009 10:41am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Favourite authors ?

Conrad is another one that blows me away for going into a non-native language and producing works that show a complete mastery of the language.

Not reading French, I can't say whether Kundera did the same when he switched from Czech, but to even attempt to move outside your mother tongue blows my mind since I can barely function in English.